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Iheanacho rescues City, as Chelsea rout Manchester United 4-0




Super Eagles’ emerging star, Kelechi Iheanacho, saved a point for Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium yesterday when he poked in an equaliser in the second half after Southampton had held the lead through Nathan Redmond’s first-half strike.

It was 20-year-old Iheanacho’s third league goal in seven appearances this season. It took him less than ten minutes to find net after coming on to start the second half for Kevin De Bruyne.

City went back top with the point, with a one-goal edge on Arsenal in goal difference and two on Liverpool.It was the fifth game without a win for the early runaway leader in the standings, equaling the worst run of results for its manager Pep Guardiola.

A dreadful mistake by England international John Stones handed Saints the opener on 27 minutes as Nathan Redmond converted.Stones failed to make the clearance and his pass found Redmond to round Claudio Bravo to score.

City did not have a single shot on target in the first half, but improved after the interval as substitute Kelechi Iheanacho equalized from Leroy Sane’s low cross.

Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster made some key saves to leave Guardiola to reflect on a matching an unwanted record, stretching back to seven years ago with Barcelona.

“You can win 10 times and then you are not able to win five times. I have to discover the reason why and I am going to find that,” he told the official Manchester City website.

But the point did take his team above Arsenal and Liverpool in the standings, with just one point separating the top five teams. Improving Southampton, unbeaten in five, stayed eighth.

Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge turned sour after just 31 seconds and it did not improve.Pedro’s quick fire opener for Chelsea was followed by further goals from Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante as Chelsea thrashed Manchester United 4-0 in the English Premier League.
Mourinho United had come into the heavyweight clash off the back of a fighting goalless draw at Liverpool Monday and a Europa Cup thrashing of Fenerbahce Thursday, but always looked off the pace.

The tone was set from the moment Chris Smalling made a hash of clearing a hopeful long ball forward and Pedro nipped in to round David de Gea and put Chelsea ahead before fans had barely settled in their seats.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed over for the visitor before Mourinho’s men found themselves further behind on 22 minutes as Gary Cahill volleyed home from close range after a corner.Mourinho reshuffled his team and bought on former Chelsea man Juan Mata after the break, but it was to no avail.

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